#Celebrating80Years: 2017 marked 80 years of working with Colorado’s nonprofits as they seek to strengthen their communities. Throughout 2018, we will be looking back on this history of the outstanding organizations and the people the Trustees have had the opportunity to support. On the blog you will find a history of the Foundation’s grant making and a representative organization from every year since our founding in 1937.
As “Olympic City USA,” Colorado Springs is home to the United States Olympic Committee headquarters, more than 20 national governing bodies of sport, and over 10,000 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls hone their craft at the training center every year. Opening in spring 2020, the United States Olympic Museum will add another element to the City’s proud Olympic landscape.
Grantee Spotlight: United States Olympic Museum
The United States Olympic Museum (USOM) effort began in 2012 when a task force of dedicated community leaders, assembled by former Ohio governor Richard Celeste, saw the opportunity to bring a world-class museum honoring the incredible feats of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes to Colorado Springs. By 2014, the project had gained enough momentum to be included as the lead project in the City for Champions initiative, which includes three other key community projects: the Colorado Springs Sports and Event Center, Gateway Visitors Center, and the UCCS William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center. Additionally, the USOM signed a renewable 30-year agreement with the United States Olympic Committee, which allowed the Museum to show case artifacts and memorabilia from all Olympic Games. In late 2016, the future location of the USOM was officially recognized as 200 S. Sierra Madre Ave and by April 2017, the Museum closed a critical $26.2 million in bonds issued by private donors, banks, and the Urban Renewal Authority, which completed the final gap in the $75 million financing plan.
Today, with the help of crucial partners like El Pomar, the Museum has hired nationally recognized professionals to build and design the 60,000 square foot space that will encompass the entirety of the athlete experience.
At just over 65% completion, the Museum will honor the Olympic and Paralympic ideals, document history, and celebrate the achievements of hundreds of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes. It will serve as a symbol of the human potential and a source of pride and legacy for Colorado Springs.
El Pomar in 2014
El Pomar made a record $34.2 million in grants in 2014, due in part to the $10 million grant to the United States Olympic Museum, a $9 million building donation to Discover Goodwill, and a $4 million grant to the University of Colorado Foundation for the construction of the ENT Center at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. In total, the Foundation provided 807 grants.
Elsewhere at the Foundation, the Penrose Carriage Museum was expanded to become the Penrose Heritage Museum, including the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience.
Spotlight by Abby Pearson
Images Courtesy of U.S. Olypmic Museum